Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on March 27, 1952 · Page 38
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PAGE THIRTY EIGHT ALTON EVEWMO TELEGRAPH THURSDAY, MARCH 27, Alton Redbirds Ready For Baseball, Track Season Openers ^^^^••••PBHVmiP First Diamond Contest Slated t Next Monday TH Arc First Opponent for Hillloppcrs Alton tliph's Nedl-ili-rfc finished second In the slnle high school hnneball rare Insl yrnr but a« Conch Tony Jure/I/ surveys bis five lellermen holdovers from >• graduation-wrecked machine, be sees only lois of rebuilding ahead for him. The opening fcami* of the season for the 'Birds will be next Monday afternoon on the Riverfront Park diamond rgainst the Jersey vllle Panthers with nin" more reg ularly scheduled gimes to follow until district tournament play gel underway In mid-May. Mat Six Pitcher* "We don't have • any Illusions about this team after losing so many from lust your," Jiue/i/ summed up the outlook, "p/irlic.u larly after losing six pitchers, n fine catcher, and half of the infield." "We do have n lot of fine sophomore prospects, however." the stockily - built coach continued, "who need only seasoning to make n strong ten:"i. It will fake some time, of course, but we'll do all right." Holdovers fro " last year's team are Infielders Jack Hill, Jack Asb and Jirn Kisenreich, and Outfielders Don Harrison and Tom Marquis. All but Kiscnrejch, a reserve third baseman, were regulars In Til. Hill divided time as a third baseman and pitcher while Asb played secon '. Harrison Is a center fielder and Marquis a lefl fielder. HUH Work <>ul» In Gym In preparing for the opener wllh Jerseyville Monday, Jure/i/, has had his pitchers and catchers working o" for two weeks in Ihe Alton High gym prior to getting outside for workouts last week and this week. Sunny, warm weather during tho next two days could go far towards putting a slight polish upon the still rusty Redbird combination. Alton has six conference games scheduled nntl font" Against, outside opposition. Last year the Redbirds finished In a four way lie for first place in the Southwestern Conference with Wood River, Belleville and Granite City. Six In Conference Conference games are scheduled with Wood River there April 7; Belleville here April 15; Kdwards- ville there April 21; Granite City hero April 2H; Collinsvtllo here May 1; and Kast St. Louis there May 5. Non-conference /oes to bo faced in addition to Jerseyville are Roxana here April 17; and Bethalto there April 24 and here May 8. Rasclii Named Yanks' Opening Day Hurler ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 27—.1'-Manager Casey Stengel has named Vic Raschi as his opening day pitcher, but the selection came as no surprise. The Yanks open the season against (!• Philadelphia Athletics on April 15 and Ra.schi boasts a lifetime 20-2 record over the A's. Card a Rained Out, "•Meet, yanks Today ST. PETERSBURG, Fla'., March 27 — .'I 1 — The St. Louis Cardinals are scheduled to meet the New York Yankees today in an exhibition game, following two days of idleness. ,.The Cards were rained out in scheduled games against the Boston Braves Tuesday and against the Yankees yesterday. Rend Telegraph Want Ads Mexican Girh Now Contender In AAV Meet WICHITA, Km,. Mnreli 27, /Pj Mexlr o's champions look like a strong contender for championship honors In Ihp National AAH women's basketbnll tournament. The sharp little players from Chlhiinhiin movf»d into the quarterfinal round J;isl night with a 50-20 win over the Columbus, 0., Diekorsons. Also advancing to HIP quarterfinals with victories Insl night were Ihn Dflllnn, Tex., Hornets, lh« Jackson, Miss,, Magnolia Whips and the Nashville, Term., Highway Pntrol. The Dallas Hornets cnmc from behind in Ihp last three mlnutfis to upset Rocky Mountain Tile of Denver, Colo., 3.V.I. Jackson was In control all the way In downing the Kansas City. K/i.i., Dons, 4.1-.16. Thp tall Nashville Highway Pa- • Irol team swamped the Ada, Okla., Dixie Queens, 55-25. Educated Chuck Davey Graduates By Ike Williams Cl IrCAGo7~M7irch~ 27. <T -After if urn all over you would expect the winning fighter to say: "I murdered de guy." Instead you heard Chuck Davey orate.: "I'm glad the referee stopped It, because I would halo to have to SPP such a great former champion as Ike Williams knocked unconscious." Hliriky Palermo, Ike's manager whose license In Illinois has been suspended pending a probe of a police record, mourned: "We didn't take Davey seriously enough." lki», on the. dressing table, didn't, say a word. Them was Hie impression in tho *Wita room that Ibis one-time lightweight king was washed up at 28 after M9 fights as a pro. Davey, holdcvr of n masters degree from Michigan Slate bad become a top welterweight, contender. He remained undefeated through 32 professional bouts by scoring a filth round technical knockout over Williams irn (he televised scheduled 10 rounder In Chicago Stadium last night. Kach wc^jfied 145 pounds. Kansas Tops Redmen Of St. John's For NCAA Championship Bombers Slash Local 306 By 10044 Count In "Y" League play Inst night nt tho Alton YMCA gym, the YMCA Bombers massacred the Local .106 basketcers, 100-'M, and Fnul.slich's lopped Tiills, BfMfi. Four of the Bombers' five man squad bit for 20 or more points wiiile Fesslpr, the fifth man, got II. Lending the rout was Mannr with 27 points, followed by Pel- hunk with 22 and Jones and Watson with 20 apiece. Hnllery and Mlllignn had nine apiece for the top efforts by the ,'!06 crew, Aslroih with 20 and Wunrtle with IS led Faulstieh'K while Tuft with 15 and Murray with 14 topped Tut Is. In the Bornber-306 ambush, the "Y" quintet led 2H-10 at the end of the first quarlor, 50-22 at the half and "0-',','Z at the three-quarter mark before cutting loose with 30 points in the final period to hit the 100 mark. YMCA <llt»> Kuicks Edge By Celtics in NBA Playoff BOSTON, March 27. .'1.'—The New York Knickerbockers were one step closer the Eastern Division National Basketball Associa- ion championship today after eliminating the Boston Celtics, 88-87. last night In a double overtime {amp at the Garden. Ernie Vunderwegho sank a foul shot in the final two seconds of the second extra period to give the Knicks the victory and (lie right to meet the Syracuse Nationals. That series begins in Syracuse on April 2. Minneapolis and Rochester will meet for the Western Division crown. Playing dales-have not been announced yet. The winners of those besl-of-five series will meet for the NBA championship. With the score tied at 87-all In the final two seconds, Vander- j weghe took a pass in the Boston j pivot /one and collided with Dick [ Dickey. A foul was called on Dickey and Vanderweghe stepped up to the foul line and dropped! in I lie winning point. j Both the Boston players and fansi argued afterward that the foul I should have been called on Van-1 derueghe. j Hob Cousy, who poured In 3-1 j T'lnvlT .Inn* 1 * (•'easier W.i I,,.n PHhnnk Mnmir fK ft pf PUytr 10 n Idurk 3 S 1 FUltfrv 9 2 avinvard tl n I Admni 1U 7 3 Corey Mlllitinit Hollowly f.»c»l 30A Ml) ft pf 201) •* 1 1 401| :i o :i I ii o l i 4I4| :i a 4! TotnU ...4:114 R Si'iira hy Qmntrn; YMCA Total* . .20 414 1234 211 .Ml 7ii 1(1(1 ni in 22 :u .44 Offlclnln: nuhennltln. Huber. TulU (in) I «ul»lklri (HID Player Nlrolnt Tn 11 K l.nwson Murrn.v It. l./uvAon Nickel* fK fl pf Plnyer .'I .1 4Wn<le 7 1 :iA«ti(i|h n 2 .VNiMKlcrkrr n 2 :il'jiiiiiih.v I 1 2Vo«t 1 1 IMrCarroll Wcmlle W!lllnm» fKfl pf o a i j H 4 :i ! ' 2 (( S 204 743 2 II 4 Tolll.1 ...ininlfl Totflln ...241224 Score hy Qunrters: I a .1 4 TiitUn » 17 M 4fl (••militirhii 21 33 47 GO Official*: nubernteln, Huhcr. Feller Impressive In Slint Against Chisox TUCSON, Ariz.". March 27 — IV —Bob Feller has quit "taking It easy" in exhibition games. The results: Impressive. Until yesterday, Bob was following his early spring traing schedule of pitching in relaxed style to limber up the arm. Then, against the Chicago While Sox, he bore down for the first time. fn four innings, with a crowd of 2705 cheering him on, he shut out the Sox on three bits and struck out one. Rookie Red Fahr was less effective. He let Chicago win an S-5 decision in the ninth, with llookie (leorge Wilson's three-run homer the deciding hlcn,. points for the Cells, sank three fouls in the final two minutes of regulation time to tie the score at 79-all. Cousy sank a SB-footer at the end of the first overtime but the referee ruled it was fired after the bell. Hy JIM IILTCIIKSON SEATTLE. March 27 - /P — Kansas rules the world of eolleRiate basketball todoy and big Clyde Lovellctle wears the crown. The Jayhawks won the NCAA title in convincing fashion last night, by downing St. John's of Brooklyn, 80-68, in the championship finale of the 1952 playoffs. Lovelletti>. keeping up a terrific scoring pace with the championship chips down, led the way with Tt poinls. His record-breaking per- formnnce brought him the designation as most valuable player of the tourney. The Kanxn* conquest en me after Illinois won third ranking by downing Santa Clara, f>7-W, in the consolation g;irne. Kansas had beaten Santa Clara and St. John's had upset Illinois In the semi-finals. Here Unfed xlli Kansas, which was rated eighth hy the nation's sports writers in tho 1952 Associated Press poll, never gave Ihe Redmen of St. John's a chance in Ihe payoff ^ariie. I/)vellette put the Kansans In front with an opening free throw and they stayed there all the way. I-ovHIette kept firing his deadly pushups find hook shots to run up a do/en field goals nlonj; with nine free throws, and Guard Bill Lienhard and Forward Bob Kenny each lidded a do/en points. The 6-foot 0-inch Lovelletto ran his four-game NCAA playoff scoring total to Ml poinls. He had broken I lie old record of 83 points in the lirst three games. It had been set by Don .Sundcrlage of Illinois last year. He ulso set a 'now free throw record of ;i5 for Ihe four games. The old record of 27 also was held by Sunderlage. Another record that: fell before the deadeyc Kansans was the high score for an NCAA championship final. The 80 points topped the 71 (allied by Cily College of New York in heating Bradley for the title in .1950. Slowed Down /invnluk The tight Kansas defense kept Ihe St. John's star center, Bob Xawoluk, fairly well in check through most of the game as Lovellette hung over him like a leaning tower Under the basket. Xawo- luk got nine poinls in sparking a fourth quarter St. John's drive, bringing his game total of 20. He fouled out three and a half minutes before the end. Kansas made it look like an impending runaway at the start, in running up a 7-1 margin. The Redmen rallied to pull up within a point at 10-9. Then Kansas started clicking to run up an 18-13 first quarter lead and a 41-27 halftime s^Bre, Kansas hit a decisive second period hot streak for 12 poinls while SI. John could get only a single field goal. Illinois clowned Santa Clara In Ihe consolation game on the strength of big Johnny Kerr's 26- poirit performance. After the score was tied at 57-57 and 58-58, Illinois pulled ahead to G4-60 and held on to finish three points in front. Read Telegraph Want Ads Stalling Tactics On Way Out Of Basketball Rules Com mi lice Will Change Value of Free Throws SEATTLE, March 27, /P — Basketball's rules doctors will operate today on late-game stalling and cheap fouls—and in the opinion of most coaches who watched a trial ran last night it should be major surgery. It seemed certain that the rules body - - the National Basketball Committee of the United States and Canada-.would come up with something along the line of last night's experiment in tho Illinois- Sanla Clara consolation game at.! Ihe NCAA championships, won by! the Illini, (57-6-1. ' Briefly, here were the changes tried: 1. All foul shots had to be taken. Present rules permit a fouled team to take the ball out of bounds and retain possession, instead of shooting. • 2. A second shot was awarded when the first was missed on any foul, either defensive or offensive, up to the final three minutes. 3. In the final three minutes, every foul was considered intentional and worth two shots. The ball remained In play if the last foul shot was missed. It went to the opposing team if the loss was made. Harry A. Combes, coach of the Big Ten champs from Illinois, called the changes "very fine." "They had a lot of merit from the spectators' standpoint and took the pressure off the officials. We experimented with the same rule in the Big Ten two years ago and liked it," he added. The major dissenter was Santa Clara's coach, Bobbie Feerick, who thought the idea would increase, rather than curtail, stalling. He said a team ahead, knowing it would get two shots in the closing minutes, would invite fouls by hanging onto the'ball. That's what his team tried to do, and failed, with the score 58-58 at the three- minute mark. The National Association of Bas,- kethall Coaches went resoundingly on record, 45-5, yesterday in favor of banning the waiver of foul shots. Last night's trial was watched closely by rules committee members. The exact form their rule changes take will be debated as soon as they go into session today. O IdPh i la de Iphia A th leticsRated2nd DivisionAs Usual Curt Simmons Coming Back; Phillies Happy Redbird Track Team Without Track Starts Trade Rumors Fly With Rickey Visit PHOENIX, Ariz., March 27 — .1'—Trade rumors have been revived ir the camp of the New York Giants with the arrival of Pittsburgh General Manager Branch Rickey. Giant Manager Leo Du roc her is looking for a left-handed pinch- hitter and part time outfielder. George Metkovich of the Pirates fills the bill. The Giants reportedly are .willing to give up Catcher Ray Noble, Infielder Bob Hofman and Pitcher Sheldon Jones or Georse* Bamherr.e • America's Greatest Work Shoe* Value! ORK SHOES Thty thriv* on ovtrtimcl CORD or CORK SOLES! Superlotiv* Valuat at... $C99 5 323 8EUE 5T. 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ItiftoliI All Over SO The A's are an aging club. First Baseman Ferris Fain alone among the infielders has not passed 30. He will reach that age in two days. Shortstop Kddie Joost is 35, Second Baseman Pete Suder is 34 and Third Baseman Billy Hitchcock is 33. The catching Is weak, the outfield is slow, the bench is threadbare and the rookie crop is meager. Philadelphia's main asset is its pitching. However, it is unbalanced. Four of their proven starters are lefthanded. They are pint-si/ed Bobby Shantz (18-14), Alex Kellner (11-14.) Morris Martin (11-4) and Sam Zoldak (6-10). Bob Hooper (12-10) was the only winning righthander last year. Some Top Hitter* The A's high cards are Fain, who won the batting title with a .344 mark; Gus Zernial, the league's home run (33; and runs batted in (12!)) king; Jpost, the key man of the defense that amassed over 200 double plays for Ihe third year in a row, and Elmer Vale, a fine defensive outfielder and a .302 hitter. Joost also performed well at the plate, driving in 78 runs and hitting 19 home runs. Valo, Zernial and Allie Clark are set as the regular outfield trio.! Keith (Kite) Thomas, who batted j .282 at Aansas City, wll be carried as a reserve flychaser along with Dave Philley. t Three promising rookies—First Baseman Tom Hamilton; Second Baseman Sheets Kell, brother of George; and Shortstop Jack Lilt- rcll, may be kept as utility infielders along with veteran Hank Majeski. Joe Astroth, Ray Murray and Joe Tipton are back to divide the! catching chores. Tipton appears; to be the best at bat although he hit a puny .239 last year. FIGHTS LAST NIGHT By TUB ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO — Chuck Davey. 145. Detroit, stopped lite Williams, 145, Trenton. N. J.. S. MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—Hank Thurninn, 205, Modesto, Calif., iitopped Balph Schneider, 219, Chicago, 3. Read Telegraph Want Ads CLEARWATER. Fla., March 27. /P—Southpaw pitchinig ace Curt Simmons is coming home from the Army—and with that announcement the chances of a second National League pennant in 37 years for the Philadelphia Phillies went skyrocketing today. Manager Eddie Sawyer and Owner Bob Carpenter said they were notified the slim, dark-haired southpaw would be sent to a port of embarkation in P^urope about April 1 and would trade his rifle for a baseball glove shortly after reaching this country. Sawyer immediately began speculating on the off chance that Simmons might be ready to start the Phillies' season opener against the Boston Braves at Philadelphia's Shibe Park April 18. Curl's value to the club was amply shown at the end of the 1950 season. The Phillies were sailing along toward (he pennant, leading the Brooklyn J)odg»rs by .seven and a half games ito early September. Then Simmons was called to active duty with Pennsylvania's 28th National Guard division.* After Curt donned an Army uniform, the Phillies went into a tailspin. They finally squeezed into the pennant on the last day of the season. And last season—without Simmons—they slipped to fifth. The return of the young southpaw—Simmons will be 23" in May —will give the Phillies one of the strongest hurling staffs in the National League. It includes Robin Roberts, Russ Meyer, Howie ,Fox. Bubba Church, Rookie Steve Ridzik, Karl Drews, Ken Heintzelman and Reliefer Jic Konsianty. zclman and Reliefer Jim Konslan- Exhibition Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Thursday's Schedule Cincinnati IN) vs Boston (A) at Sara sola. Fla. Chicago (A) vs Chicago IN) at Mesa, Ariz. Si. Louis (Al vs Cleveland (Ai at Tucson. Ariz. Detroit iA> vs Philadelphia (Ni at Clearwater. Fla. St. Louis iNi vs New York (A) at St. Petersburg. Fla. Minneapolis iAA> vs Philadelphia IA) at West Palm Beach, Fin. Washington IAI vs Chattanooga (SA) at Winter Garden, Fla. Pittsburgh iMi vs New York (Ni at Phoenix. Ariz. Brooklyn iN) vs Boston (N) at Brad, enton, Fla. Wednrsday'i Result* Chicago iA> H, Cleveland iAi 5 Baltimore iILi 5, Philadelphia 'Al St. Louis IA> 4, Pittsburgh 'Ni a New York <Ni 0. Chicago iNi 6 (Other ganiei cancelled, rain.I First Meet At Roxana In Triangular April 15 The little lost sheep of Alton High athletics, the track team, will ie again forced to wander fnr afield in search of sites for their meets this year and have ft new :oach to fill the gap left by the departure of the former mentor, Roger Grove, who left for football coaching at Washington State, Despite such a situation, the Redbird thinclads should hold their own under E. V. (Curly) Halt with ten lettcrmen back, even though they have no real track to call their own. Oprn At Roxana The 'Birds will open their season at Roxana in a triangular meet with the host Shells and Edwardsville's Tigers on April 15 and thereafter have eight other meets scheduled plus a couple of dates which may be filled later. Right now Halt is long on sprinters and pret.ty much short on everything else. Swifties down as 100 yard dash men are Kenny Tilton, Buddy Hook, Bill Hart and Esom Taylor plus a pair of 440 men, Harold Frazier and Maurice Kennedy. A pair of low hurdler lettermen from last year back again are Jack Dressier and Sam Ferguson while high jumper Dale Spurgeon and pole vaulter Jerry Fowler complete the list of monogram wearers of the winged lot. Two Open Dates Currently an open date is slated for April 18 and another for May 12 or 1.'!. After the Roxana triangular, the Redbird trackmen are scheduled to enter the Southwestern Conference relays at Wood River April '24, the Madison County Class A meet at Roxana April 28 and a five way affair with Western, Wood River, Roxana and Bel hallo at Roxana May 6 before the district meet, probably at Granite City, May 10. The Alton sophomores will enter the Dupo freshman-sophomore meet May 3. The state meet will be at Champaign May 16 and 17, just In case Alton gets any top performances in the district, and the season will be completed for the Birds with a dual meet at Wood River May 20 and the conference meet at East St. Louis May 23. Brownies Head For Tucson Next BURBANK, Calif., March 27 — /P —The St. Louis Browns move to Tucson, Ariz., today for a two-game series with the Cleveland Indians. The 'Browns won their fourth straight exhibition game yesterday, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-2. at San Bernardino, Calif. Brownie nee Ned Carver pitched the first five innings. 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